2020 Summer Interns
SYO interns have successfully completed criminal background checks and several hours of training including CPR/ First Aid, neurodiversity training, suicide prevention and mental health training with a licensed psychologist, creating an inclusive and safe space training, teacher education training, and more.
Mandy Anderson (she/her) is a senior instrumental music education major at Marian University. Miranda's major instrument is horn but she enjoys learning all types of instruments. This is her second year in SYO. Miranda's goal is to help others achieve their musical potential. After graduation, she is looking forward to teaching at the secondary level. Eventually she would like to either work at the collegiate level or go back to school and study music therapy. A fun fact about Miranda is that she has been to 23 states and Washington D.C. In her free time she likes to spend time with family and friends, read poetry, draw, and watch TikToks.
Ana Cook (she/her) is a sophomore horn performance and business double major at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. This is Ana's seventh year in SYO and ninth year playing horn. When she is not performing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, swimming, and learning more about Disney than is probably good for her! Ana is incredibly excited to perform with and teach the SYO students again and can't wait to see what the future holds for each one of them!
Jojo Estrada (he/they) is a sophomore exercise science and instrumental performance major at Marian University. Jojo plays the euphonium and this is their first year in SYO. After graduation, Jojo hopes to become a physical therapist and advocate for queer artists and musicians in North America. They are a creative person at heart, so they enjoy reading, writing, drawing, and singing in their free time. They also really like video games and writing expository analysis of their favorite pieces of media. Jojo is a nerd at heart.
Caleb Goins (he/him) is a junior psychology and violin performance double major at Taylor University. This is his sixth season with SYO, second as an intern, and he is excited for all of the opportunities, growth, and fun that will happen! In his free time, Caleb loves to ballroom dance, teach dance and music lessons, watch tv shows, hang out with friends, and drink lots and lots of coffee.
Ian Hickey (he/him) is a sophomore music education major at Butler University. His primary instrument is horn, but he also plays many others such as the piano, synthesizer, trumpet, accordion, and more. This is Ian's second year in SYO. In his free time, he likes to independently produce electronic music and enjoys collaborating with others. Along with this, he also has a background in graphic design and video editing.
Landen Howell (he/him) is a sophomore jazz studies and music technology major at the University of Indianapolis. This is Landen's first year as an SYO intern. His primary instrument is tenor saxophone, and he also plays just about every other saxophone, bassoon, clarinet, piano, and drums. His goals for the future are to become a regular performer/recording artist as well as a full-time sound engineer and producer. He enjoys making music, walking his two dogs, and playing video games. Fun fact : Landen has perfect pitch and can do an excellent Hank Hill impression.
Zaneon "Zane" Meinhart (he/him) is a junior music education major at Marian University. After graduation, he hopes to teach elementary music in Indianapolis. His primary instruments are voice and bass, but he also plays saxophone, guitar, keyboard, and anything else he can get his hands on. Zane also has a passion for writing music and has composed pieces in a wide variety of styles and genres. This is his second year as an SYO intern.
Mary Presley (she/her) is a junior music education major at the University of Indianapolis. Her primary instrument is tenor saxophone but she is also a flexible woodwind doubler and plays jazz piano as well. This is her first year in SYO and she is excited to be a part of it this year and see what it is all about. After university, she hopes to teach elementary music or high school band in the Indianapolis area. A fun fact about Mary is that she has traveled to all 50 states. In her free time, she works as a barista and enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending a lot of time playing with her cat.
Nathan Rakes (he/him) is a sophomore instrumental performance major at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Nathan's major instrument is flute but he plays many other instruments as well. This is his fourth year in SYO. Nathan's goal as a musician is to develop a greater understanding of different cultures and styles of music and apply that to his own playing as much as possible! He loves spending time outdoors biking, swimming, or just exploring and he loves God.
Gavin Wise (he/him) is a sophomore music performance and physics double major at DePauw University. This is Gavin's seventh year in SYO. He plays primarily the tenor sax but has been known to play some oboe. A fun fact about Gavin is he loves working on cars. His all time favorite SYO experience was performing at Carnegie Hall in 2017.
Who trains the interns?
Shawn Royer provides the teacher education training. Breann Royer provides the neurodiversity, safe space, and SYO policy trainings. CPR training is provided by Lt. Kelly Key, Firefighter/Paramedic/certified instructor. Dr. Neolany Pelc provides the suicide awarness and prevention and mental health training.
Dr. Noelany Pelc (she/her) earned her bachelor’s in Psychology and master’s in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. During her training and post-graduation, she gained clinical experience working with women and children who were survivors of trauma and relational violence, particularly as those experiences intersected with marginalized and disenfranchised identities. Dr. Pelc earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, focusing on feminist and multicultural issues. She gathered experience working with college counseling students, dual-diagnosis mental health concerns and cross-addiction within a residential setting, and training in psychological assessment for impaired professionals.
Dr. Pelc is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York and in Indiana, and previously served as the Clinical Coordinator for MA/EdS students in Professional Counseling and School Counseling before serving as the Academic Director of the online School Counseling and Professional Counseling programs for two years at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She is active in APA’s Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), the Society for Teaching of Psychology (STP) and in the Advancement for Women in Psychology (AWP). Her current areas of research center on experiences of women in the Academy, the socialization of polarized national attitudes, and applications of cultural humility in research, teaching and mentorship. Her professional interests include relational-cultural theory, feminist theory, and pedagogy.
Kelly Key (she/her) is a lieutenant/paramedic with the Decatur Township Fire Department. She has worked there for 21 years. Kelly runs the youth fire setter program, teaches CPR, and is a primary instructor in EMS at Ivy Tech Community College. Kelly has been married to her firefighter husband for 22 years and they have 3 boys together.